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Rafi Amin


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If you could jump in to the future and see one thing for yourself now, what would that be ?

It is impossible to see the future but I just want to know /learn what are the things that you are eager to know of future.

In my case,

I would have jumped in to the future and saw whether Peace comes to my country Afghanistan or not.


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  • Jan 2 2013: Although it would be nice to see something about the future at large, I think that after thinking a little longer most of us would choose something where the knowledge of the future would change our present actions. Knowledge whether peace will come to Afghanistan or if humanity survives will probably not change your present actions or your future life too much. Knowing next weeks lottery numbers most certainly will. Knowing who you will fall in love with will not change your choice of partner, knowing whether you will be happy after 20 years of marriage will.
    As for the question of Afghanistan, the question is not 'if' but 'when'. Currently there are still too many powerful people that fear that they will lose power if there is peace (clan leaders etc.). To change that Afghanistan will a large number of people that believe that they will be better off if there is peace - the internet would help to connect the people to form a large group. But it is just as important to get people to believe that there is prosperity in peace. Afghanistan is surrounded by countries that have peace (at least on the surface) but have little prosperity, so that doesn't help. I'd say that in the wake of the economic upswing after the arab spring some surrounding countries should get significantly whelthier, providing a perspective and a trade opportunity for their neighbours. I'd say sometime after 2030, but I'm no expert.
    • Jan 2 2013: And the other question is not just 'when'....

      I remembered just a week ago, in the wake of 8 years remembrance of the Aceh Tsunami that devastated the Aceh province and the Western coast of Sumatra in my country Indonesia, lots of interviews and analysis have been broadcasted over the TV channels, radios and YouTube about this particularly great disaster that brought many change to Indonesian life.... from how it triggers the Aceh Peace Agreement, how Indonesians manage their local wisdom and the modern technology to be preventive against a natural disaster situation....

      One of the most important things that puts me in great conscience of the essence in your country Afghanistan, as well as mine Indonesia, as well as other developing countries with conflict.... is not just how to get to peace.

      But how to give a peace solution that can LAST FOR A LONG TIME. A sustainable peace for generations. That is the key.

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